FORT WORTH ISD OFFERS FINANCIAL INCENTIVES TO NEW AND VETERAN SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS
The Fort Worth ISD is willing to do what it takes to hire – and keep – good school bus drivers.
Starting immediately, the District will pay a $500 bonus to new bus driver hires who commit to one-year of employment.
Also, both new and veteran drivers are eligible for additional pay when they have perfect or “almost-perfect” attendance. Starting this fall, drivers who complete 100 percent of their routes during the school year will receive an extra $12 per day. Drivers who complete 95 percent of their routes (that means they are only absent five days) will receive an additional $9 a day.
The $500 “new bus driver” bonus will be paid at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
The “attendance payouts” will happen twice a year, in January and June.
To reiterate the details:
New Hire Incentive
Beginning in July any newly hired drivers will be awarded a $500 sign on bonus at the completion of the 2018-2019 school year.
The $500 “new bus driver” bonus will be paid at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
ALL fully-credentialed bus drivers will be eligible for this incentive. The pay will be based on the number of instructional days (students are in class) that bus drivers complete all their scheduled routes.
“Attendance payouts” will happen twice a year, in January and June.
Instructional Days for the 2018-2019 total 177 days.
100 percent is defined as a driver completes all of his or her scheduled routes. 100% attendance = an additional $12 per day
95 percent is defined as a driver has no more than five allowable absences per semester. 95 percent attendance = an additional $9 per day
Taxable incentive pay will be paid in the January and June paychecks.
For questions, please contact the Fort Worth ISD Transportation Recruiting Office at 817-815-7918.
We asked FWISD employees how they’re spending the summer.
Here’s one response recently submitted to the Inside FWISD inbox:
Julie Ledford, a FWISD gifted and talented teacher, recently attended the weeklong Dare to Discover Summer Enrichment Camp with her daughter at McLean Middle School. During the camp, Ms. Ledford taught a session on games. Dare to Discover is sponsored by the District’s AAIL (Advanced, Accelerated and Innovated Learning) Department.
Let us know how you’re spending your summer.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with photos and details of what you’re doing this summer.
Social Media Guidelines
Social media could be an important part of your strategy to connect and engage with with your school community!
If you are ready to create a social media profile for your campus or department, please review the FWISD Social Media Guidelines. These guidelines steer you through the process of requesting a campus or department profile to ensure an appropriate and successful launch.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Ask Elsie is a column where chief Financial Officer Elsie Schiro tackles employee queries, or in areas outside her purview, asks other District leaders to answer them.
As a substitute teacher, I was very excited to hear about the incentive program, yet, on the other hand, when I read the date parameters, I was disappointed. I even wrote an email to Orlando Torres (in sub office) about the program, but never received a reply. Please let me give you some background on my subbing last year! I started out at a school as a sub (yes, even the week of in-service) and did six weeks at that school. In January, I took another long-term sub job at another school that lasted until the end of April, a total of 12 weeks (60 days) which included testing for TELPAS and fifth-grade STAAR. Although part of my sub time did fall within the dates listed for the incentive, those days only added up to 39. I do understand that the dates for the incentive include those final weeks of school where it is so difficult to find subs for jobs. I was disappointed in the District for not having some incentive for those of us that do sub on a continual, long-term basis. I wholeheartedly devoted almost 100 days to the children of those schools and "a little extra paycheck" in the month of June would sure be the icing on the cake! Is the District planning on a sub incentive for the coming year? If so, please let them consider those of us who continue to give ourselves to the children/District no matter what the dates! Thank you for your time!
Thank you for your question. I reached out to Cynthia Rincón, Human Capital Management chief, and she has this response to the matter: “First of all, I have to say that we absolutely value your service to the children of this District. Your record of service is noted and appreciated. As you are aware, it is of the most importance to our District to ensure a quality educational opportunity for each child, in each classroom, every day. To that end, the Fort Worth ISD implemented the substitute teacher incentive as a tool to help increase those opportunities for children during the most challenging parts of the school year. We looked at our teacher attendance data as compared to our filled absence data to find the times of year in which we as a District experience the most unfilled absences. This data was used to determine what time frames would be addressed by the incentive. The incentive plan was communicated in a variety of ways so that all substitutes and District stakeholders would be aware of the time frame and would have an opportunity to participate. The results of our investment in the substitute incentive plan have been positive and therefore will be considered for implementation in the coming school year, though no final decision on its continued implementation has been determined. We will be evaluating all factors of the incentive plan and how it has worked for the past three semesters, along with the overall compensation of our substitutes in order to reward them for their work, while being fiscally responsible. Once again, thank you for your service. We certainly look forward to your continued contribution to the education of Fort Worth’s most valuable resource.”
Thank you, Anonymous for your question, and thank you Ms. Rincón for your response.
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Teacher Prep/ In-Service Week Details
Teacher Prep/In-Service days are slated for August 13-17.
Educators will have one full day and time after the District Convocation, Friday, August 17, to prepare their classrooms for the 2018-2019 school year.
Campus principals are responsible for scheduling six hours of professional learning for their teachers, August 14-16. The administrators may choose two half-day sessions, three hours each, or a full day of professional learning, six hours. Registration for the courses is done via Eduphoria, and once a course is full, registration is closed. No on-site registration is available.
Course topics offer more choice and flexibility. They include:
• Curriculum Redesign/ Curriculum Innovation Lab
• Academic Best Practices
• Second Language Acquisition/ ESL Strategies
• Technology Applications
• Fort Worth ISD Learning model Overview
The Professional Learning and Innovation office is currently finalizing off-site locations for hosting the sessions.
For more details, contact the PLI office at 817-814-3400.
#ThankYouThursday: McKinney Church
Thank you, McKinney Church for volunteering in Fort Worth ISD schools!
Throughout the school year, members of the Fort Worth congregation have volunteered weekly at the District’s Westcliff and South Hills elementary schools.
Church members assist in various one-hour mentoring and reading programs including Kids Hope, Read 2 Win and the Good News Club. At Westcliff Elementary School, McKinney Church members have painted playground equipment, remodeled the teacher’s lounge – adding a refrigerator and furniture – and organized the Backpack Initiative, which previously distributed more than 200 backpacks filled with school supplies and clothing to students. Additionally, the church is host to an annual holiday fair at South Hills Elementary where families are assisted with gifts to ensure that their children have something to open for Christmas.
The church was mentioned among one of the District’s partnership success stories at this year’s Partner Appreciation Luncheon hosted in February.
Watch this video from the luncheon to learn more about the McKinney Church contribution to Fort Worth ISD.
FWISD Educators, AlumnI, Student to Perform in Third Thursday Jazz Series
Fort Worth ISD educators, alumni and a Young Women’s Leadership Academy student will perform alongside vocalist Audra Scott at the Fort Worth Library’s Third Thursday Jazz series tonight.
The free concert, which highlights literary jazz, begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. Third St. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Ms. Scott, who we caught up with this week, said that she’s excited and honored to be among this year’s featured Third Thursday Jazz performers and looks forward to her colleagues sharing their music with the world.
“The audience can expect all elements of jazz from professional musicians that grew up in this city and have made names for themselves in their respective genres,” Ms. Scott said. “The musicians that are a part of this come from all different backgrounds: classical, Broadway, R&B, jazz, and gospel.
“You will hear some jazz standards, some obscure pieces, as well as some originals that will be available for purchase at the concert.”
Ms. Scott, an alumna of O.D. Watt High School, is an award-winning soprano who has performed in opera houses, theaters and concert halls throughout the United States and Europe. She previously taught music at O.D. Wyatt High School and Daggett Elementary. She recently released her first album “A Long Road,” a collection of spirituals and hymns arranged to jazz and classical influences.
She is being joined by Music Mentors of Texas. Cofounded by Ms. Scott and her cousins, Music Mentors of Texas is an afterschool program founded in 2016 that offers free private music lessons to youth “with great potential but [who] lack access or resources for similar opportunities,” according to its Facebook page.
The FWISD educators, alumni and student participating in tonight’s performance include:
Brandi Waller-Pace – general music teacher at Bruce Shulkey Elementary and the 2018 Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts. Ms. Pace arranged all the music on Ms. Scott’s jazz album, which will be presented tonight;
Lori Hawkins – music teacher at Dunbar High School on vocals;
David Jones – music teacher at S.S. Dillow Elementary on percussion;
Crystal Scott – third-grade teacher at R.J. Wilson Elementary, stage manager/make-up artist;
Quamon Fowler - saxophonist and band musical director for Music Mentors of Texas (O. D. Wyatt High School alumni);
Keron Jackson - vocalist (Polytechnic High School alumni);
Pearl Young - vocalist (Young Women's Leadership Academy student)
“I have developed a close relationship with the entire choral and elementary music department, however these few people helped me get through the tough times,” Ms. Scott said. “I absolutely love my FWISD family, and I would be remiss if I did not mention that the FWISD choral and elementary department helped catapult me into the musician/teacher that I am today.
“I am extremely excited and proud of what we will offer to our audience on Thursday. We do not get a chance to perform together often because of our personal performance schedules, however we are all elated to share the stage together and to share our music with you.”
Now in its ninth year, Third Thursday Jazz, sponsored by the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation, brings “local and internationally acclaimed jazz performers to Fort Worth,” for concerts the third Thursday of the month, May through September according to a library media release.
“I’m proud of the staff that curated a lineup that speaks to the breadth of the jazz genre,” said Library Director Manya Shor in a recent statement.
For more information about the Third Thursday Jazz series, visit ThirdThursdayJazz.org.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos and video from across the Fort Worth ISD.
FWISD Student-Athletes Compete in Youth Sports Games in Italy